Back in August (which, let’s be honest, seems like a lifetime ago), I wrote about my attendance at Donna’s Face Painting Beginners Class which told of my new venture into the world of Face Painting.
Nearly four months on, I have realised what a wonderful and very addictive world it is! In the last few months my kit has developed from a palette, couple of cakes, sponges and brushes to this…
… the majority of which has come from Yorkshire Face Paints.
I spend my free time set up on the dining room table with my head, Bertha, and my practice boards trying out different designs and attempting to perfect others. Although I know I have got better since the initial course in August, I still have a long way to go! One thing I have learnt is that there is a HUGE difference between painting on boards/fake heads compared to real, wiggly faces. I’ve been lucky so far and all those that I have painted have been great at sitting still but it’s the angle that I’m painting at that takes practice. Having just come back from my friend’s nieces party, where I said I would paint for practice, I have realised that my line work is the thing that I need to work on most.
Here are some comparison pictures between four months ago and now:
Plus a few more of my more recent designs:
I can’t tell you how glad I am that I decided to do the course as it’s really given me a way of relaxing and a hobby (apart from this lovely blog obviously) that I can work at and improve on.
If you’ve read other posts of mine, you’ll know that we are expecting our second baby before Christmas but I’m really excited to take my face painting forward in 2018 and set up a small business. I’m looking into getting my Public Liability Insurance sorted in May/June time so that I’m ready for all my sons friends parties in the summer, plus halloween etc.
I’m ever so thankful to Donna for her initial encouragement but also her help and support since then, as well as all the other lovely people in the group that are great at giving advice and inspiration when needed.
Until four months ago, I had very little knowledge of face/body painting, so when Donna mentioned painting my bump towards the end of my pregnancy, I was clueless as to what to expect. I was happy to agree to it because I knew she would create something beautiful and classy with her sponge and brush skills. I googled it a little but didn’t think more of it and our text conversation detoured to our love of Moana and the chicken, Hey-Hey, rather than any set plans on what she might paint.
She arrived Saturday afternoon and I immediately got envious of her Zuca bag (with flashing wheels) and her extensive kit. We had a discussion the previous evening and I’d sent her some pictures of things I’d seen online however, like she said, there was no link or common themes between any of the ideas, which I think left her more clueless. I did tell her I’m an indecisive person and in the end she created a surprise for me based on her being a Christmas baby. This was the outcome…
How amazing?! I am in awe of her talents: the details, colours, brush work, glitter, everything! My whole life I have been conscious of my tummy, its the part of my body I hate the most and even when pregnant, I don’t feel overly comfortable baring it for all to see but this is literally the most beautiful I have ever seen it and I have Donna to thank for that. The whole experience was lovely and I was surprised when Donna actually thanked me and said how much she had enjoyed it. She’s been doing it so long, I think it’s lovely that she still has such a passion for it. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to work with her next year hopefully, if she’ll have me!
I spent my Saturday evening as I usually do, watching Strictly and X Factor but with my stomach on full view and felt quite sad as I went upstairs to put the shower on. Luckily my husband came home from work just before I was about to wash it off so he got to see it in “real life” too! The masterpiece took around two hours and it was lovely to see Donna genuinely enjoying her work, taking her time and using her creativity.
If you’re pregnant, I would definitely recommend having your bump painted. Like I said earlier, it’s not something ever would have thought about having but I’m so glad I did and it will be lovely to show our Baby Girl when she gets older. If you’re in the Yorkshire area, you can find Donna via her website or Facebook.